News this week that the City of Sydney is soon expected to come alive again with a change in the late night entertainment laws.
The announcement coincides with the launch of the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Harry Jensen community centre in Millers Point, The Rocks, attended by Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore.
Free morning tea and lunch at the Harry Jensen Centre in Argyle Street drew a big crowd of locals who also enjoyed the live music and dancing.
Councillors at City of Sydney are reported to have voted unanimously on Monday night for the changes, which would mean shops, eateries and other unlicensed businesses in central Sydney – from Hyde Park to Darling Harbour, and south to Central station – would be allowed to trade 24 hours a day.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘Trading hours for small bars and restaurants along Crown Street in Surry Hills, Union Street in Pyrmont, Glebe Point Road in Glebe and Redfern Street in Redfern will be extended to 2am.
‘Late-night trading areas will be created in burgeoning neighbourhoods at Barangaroo, Green Square and Waterloo.
‘The changes will not override the city’s controversial 1.30am lock-out laws and 3am last drinks at bars, pubs and clubs in Sydney’s central business district and Kings Cross.
The Sydney CBD lockout laws were introduced by the NSW Government in February 2014 to reduce alcohol-exacerbated violence. The law set 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks at bars, pubs and clubs in the CBD entertainment precinct.’
HARRY JENSEN was Lord Mayor of Sydney 1957 to 1965 and was responsible for bringing a modernist approach to redevelopment of the city’s CBD. From 1976 until 1981, Jensen held various ministerial positions in the cabinet of the Labor Government of Premier Neville Wran.